We understand Brazilian business having been active in the country for over 150 years. Today, we combine our international experience with our understanding of Brazilian companies to help our Brazilian clients invest abroad, finance infrastructure projects and resolve complex international arbitration disputes. We also advise international companies investing in or exiting Brazil and in high-profile arbitration disputes in Brazil.
Our international Brazil group includes 30 partners and 26 associates from all of our key practice areas across Europe, US, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Asia. Many of the group members speak Portuguese and some are Brazilian qualified lawyers.
We offer our clients an integrated team by working hand in hand with local Brazilian law firms. Because we work regularly together around the world and have deep relationships with the best Brazilian law firms, we are uniquely placed to recommend the best local lawyer for each transaction or dispute. Our local relationships are further strengthened through our secondment programmes where lawyers from the leading Brazilian law firms work with us for up to a year in our international Freshfields offices.
Examples of our work include advising:
- FEMSA on the sale of its beer operations in Brazil and Mexico to Heineken
- MAN AG on the acquisition of the truck and bus division of Volkswagen AG in Brazil
- Petrobrás on a potential dispute against Ecuador regarding its investment in the oil sector in that country
- Sadia on the European and multi-jurisdictional competition aspects of its merger with Perdigão
- Sateri Holdings Limited, a leading global specialty cellulose producer with operations in Brazil and China, on its US$402m initial public offering and listing on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange
- Sompo Japan Insurance Inc. on its proposed acquisition of a 50 per cent interest in the common shares of the Brazilian insurance company Marítima Seguros S.A.
- Travelex on its acquisition of Grupo Confidence, Brazil’s largest independent foreign exchange business
- Ultrapar Participações on its acquisition of Texaco’s Brazilian fuels distribution business, which supplies over 2,000 service stations across Brazil and a number of other transactions